May 2, 2022 by Dymphna

T-Bomb: Success is simple, but hard

Truth Bomb Tuesday: The ingredients for success are simple. So why aren’t more people successful.

People often want to know what the formula to success is.

They expect it’s going to be complicated. They expect me to get out a chalkboard and draw up an equation with 200 different variables, and dozens of weird symbols.

And they think that if only they knew what this secret formula is, they’d just have to run it once and bam! Job done. Success town.

But it’s not like that.

It’s actually incredibly simple.

Take a small step towards success. Keep on doing it.

That’s really about it.

This is the science of small changes. If you shift your trajectory, only by a little bit, in the long run, it can make a massive difference.

And right now, there’s probably a thousand little changes you could make to change your trajectory.

You could eat a little healthier. You can spend less time on social media (don’t quit the blogs from property experts though, they’re important.) You could spend 15 minutes a day learning a new skill. You could eat one less meal out a week and stick the savings in an investment account.

Pretty small changes in the scheme of things. But if you did that now, and kept doing it, in just a few years down the track, you would be in a completely different place.

Simple right?

It is. Success is surprisingly simple.

But it’s still hard.


Because we have to stick at it.

Anyone can cook themselves a healthy meal once. Easy.

But to make lasting change to your diets and habits – to stick with a healthy meal plan despite the call of hot-chips and tim-tams, year in, year out – that’s hard.

Consistency is the key. You’ve got to stick with it.

But that takes discipline. And discipline is something I know a lot of people struggle with.

In fact, I read someone the other day say that extraordinary results come from ordinary people with uncommon discipline.

I reckon this is right.

Discipline matters so much more than talent.

Unless you’re planning to be an Olympic athlete or something, I’d say that talent is almost irrelevant.

Like, I don’t know what the phrase ‘talented investor’ might mean. What are we even talking about? Talent doesn’t come into it.

If I were looking around my network and deciding who I might give money to or go into a joint venture with, the thing I would be looking for is discipline.

Discipline is what gets results.

And I get it. Discipline is hard. It’s hard to stay with it. You’ve got to learn to love the process.

But once you have discipline, the rest is simple.